Education and Learning
Internalised other interviewing: improving relational abilities between couples: children and parents: therapist/clients: supervisor/supervisee
"John Burnham is a systemic psychotherapist working in the independent and public sectors. His practice includes therapy, supervision, training, consultation and writing.
His main clinical work is with children, young people and families at Parkview Clinic in Birmingham where he is employed as a Consultant Systemic and Family Psychotherapist and Director of the Systemic Training Programme. John has 30 years of experience working with families, couples and individuals. He is a trainer and formerly Director of Training at Kensington Consultation Centre (KCC) in London.
As well as training in the UK he teaches in a variety of contexts including Scandinavia, Netherlands, USA, and South America.
He has published numerous articles on the systemic approach to therapy, consultation, training and supervision. He is sole author of the classic text 'Family Therapy: First steps towards a systemic approach', published by Routledge, and editor of the Special Edition of Human Systems known as 'Voices from the Training Context'. His model 'Approach, Method and Technique is widely used in a variety of training contexts. Currently he writing a book on Systemic Supervision."
"A specific therapeutic technique of internalized other interviewing is based on a social constructionist perspective in which “a person” as a self conscious individual is seen to arise through social interaction. If a therapist is able to apply this perspective and conceive of “the self” as constituted by an internalized community, it becomes coherent to interview another person as an “internalized other” within the self. As a result, the possibilities for systemic intervention for therapeutic change may be extended significantly."
- Internalised other interviewing involves a therapist interviewing a person as, for example, another person, an emotion or an idea, sometimes in the ‘presence of’ the other.
- offer all participants in systemic interviews a valuable opportunity to enter the world of an 'other'
- with the aim of gaining a different perspective, and deeper appreciation of the 'other's' position.
- Can facilitate understanding, change and development in ideas, emotions, behaviour and relationships
- the person being interviewed can often develop a wider range of thinking about and feeling towards the 'other' and may subsequently develop a different relationship with the 'other'
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